The one smile

Smiles lightly given and flighty
as they often have to be
are defied by the one smile that cradles.

The one smile
that cradles the world
– lifting it, rocking it, setting it free –
however unbearably light or unbearably brief
its moment may be.

(Geschreven door Ernestine Scheer en voorgelezen tijdens 'Woorden van leven en dood', december 2013)